According to his AAU team’s Twitter feed, Ian Krishnan committed to Central Connecticut State on Sunday, becoming the fifth member of the upcoming recruiting class and further contributing to a roster crunch.
Krishnan, a 6’2” combo guard from Clarksburg, MD, prepped at Proctor Academy (NH) this past season and improved his stock quite a bit. New England Recruiting Report recently featured Krishnan in its “Best Available 2018 Guards” piece, describing him as a “A former two-sport athlete who brings a grid-iron like approach to the hardwood, this Maryland native isn’t just competitive, he’s also skilled as he can rain in threes from behind the arc with the best of them.” He was named Class AA All-NEPSAC this past season, which featured some big names; Marcus Zegarowski (Creighton), Cole Swider (Villanova), Brycen Goodine (Syracuse), A.J. Reeves (Providence), and David Duke (Providence).
NERR has him as the 54th ranked player in New England, and the 17th ranked player in New Hampshire. While that doesn’t sound sexy, New Hampshire has some really strong prep schools (Brewster Academy, Tilton School, New Hampton), and recent Sacred Heart commit Cameron Parker is ranked two spots behind Krishnan.
Krishnan is a guy who the CCSU coaching staff had been after for quite awhile, initially offering a scholarship back in August 2017. He chose the Blue Devils over Wagner, Norfolk State, UC Riverside and Longwood.
With two incoming recruits already signed (Underwood and Wallace), Krishnan is now the third verbal commit since CCSU’s season ended, in addition to Will Ellis and Jamir Coleman (JUCO).
The obvious question is; who on the roster is not returning? The Blue Devils will lose Mustafa Jones and Shakaris Laney to graduation, and Austin Nehls is transferring to Ball St. However, that leaves 15 players for 13 scholarships, so something has to give.
CCSU now has five PGs on the roster; freshmen Ellis and Krishnan, as well as senior Eric Bowles, junior Tyson Batiste and RS freshman Eduardo Camacho. It should shock no one if one of the transfers are one of the returning PGs, as I’d find it hard to believe that Marshall would head into the pre-season with five point guards on the roster.
What does appear likely is Donyell Marshall looking to put two point guards on the floor at the same time. Given the Blue Devils’ issues with turnovers this past season, and the strength of the frontcourt with Kohl, Hugley and Bute, that seems like a smart play.